Cape Verde national football team
|Association||Federação Caboverdiana de Futebol|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Lúcio Antunes|
|Top scorer||Carlos Morais (10)|
|Home stadium||Estádio da Várzea|
|Highest FIFA ranking||51 (October 2012)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||182 (April 2000)|
|Highest Elo ranking||86 (27 January 2013)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||146 (August 1998)|
| Cape Verde 0–1 Angola
(Cape Verde; unknown date 1978)
| Cape Verde 5–0 Equatorial Guinea
(Sal, Cape Verde; 28 March 2009)
| Senegal 5–1 Cape Verde
(Mali; 12 February 1981)
Cape Verde 0–4 Ghana
(Praia, Cape Verde; 8 October 2005)
Guinea 4–0 Cape Verde
(Conakry, Guinea; 9 September 2007)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||1 (First in 2013)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals; 2013|
The Cape Verde national football team, nicknamed either the Tubarões Azuis (Blue Sharks) or Crioulos (Creoles), is the national team of Cape Verde and is controlled by the Federação Caboverdiana de Futebol.
The Cape Verde Islands became independent from Portugal in 1975. The national team's first international was a 0–3 defeat to Guinea-Bissau in the 1979 Amilcar Cabral Cup. Cape Verde's football association was formed in 1982, and joined FIFA in 1986.
Cape Verdeans abroad, who are more numerous than the population of the islands themselves, are a major source of players for the national team. Most of Cape Verde's current international footballers play outside of Cape Verde (mainly in Europe, but also in Asia), and some were born outside of the islands.
Several players of Cape Verdean origin have chosen to play for other national teams. These include Eliseu, Nani, Manuel Fernandes, Rolando, Nélson Marcos, and Silvestre Varela, who all represent Portugal, as well as Mickaël Tavares, Jacques and Ricardo Faty (Senegal), Patrick Vieira (France), Gelson Fernandes (Switzerland), Henrik Larsson (Sweden), David Mendes da Silva (Netherlands) and Rui (Equatorial Guinea), among other examples.
World Cup and African Nations Cup qualifiers
Cape Verde has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup but have qualified for the 2013 African Cup of Nations. Its first World Cup qualifying campaign was the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, in which Cape Verde was eliminated in the first round after one draw and one defeat against Algeria.
In the qualification campaign for the 2006 World Cup and the 2006 African Nations Cup, Cape Verde advanced to the Final Round after its first victory in a World Cup qualifier, beating Swaziland. In the Final Round, the team made an impression with its first ever away victory against Burkina Faso, but finished fifth in its group and failed to qualify for either finals.
New coach João de Deus from Portugal brought in several new players from European leagues for the 2010 World Cup/2010 African Nations Cup qualifiers. Cape Verde finished second in its group in the Second Round, ahead of Tanzania and Mauritius, but behind Cameroon, and did not advance to the Third Round. Cape Verde's top goalscorer of the qualifying campaign was Dady.
2013 Africa Cup of Nations
On 14 October 2012, Cape Verde managed to secure their first ever berth in the Finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, when they defeated Cameroon 3–2 on aggregate score, following a 2–1 defeat to Cameroon at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé, having won the home leg 2–0 in Praia just weeks prior to their qualification.
On 24 October 2012, Cape Verde were drawn into Group A of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, alongside Angola, Morocco and the host nation South Africa. Furthermore, Cape Verde played the opening match of the tournament at Soccer City in Johannesburg, Gauteng, against South Africa on 19 January 2013 – Soccer City being the host venue for the 2010 World Cup Final. Pulled from the fourth pot during the group stage drawing of the tournament, Cape Verde actually had the highest FIFA ranking of any team in their group at the time of the drawing, ranking at 51st overall, followed by Morocco (71st), South Africa (72nd) and Angola (83rd). Cape Verde also had the 10th highest FIFA ranking in the CAF zone at the time of the drawing as well.
Cape Verde drew with South Africa 0–0 in the tournament's first match, before drawing with Morocco 1–1. Platini scored Cape Verde's first ever goal at the AFCON, who were unfortunate to let an early lead slip. They however did win their first ever AFCON match against Angola, which they won 2–1 (despite an early own goal by captain Nando Maria Neves), through the late goals from Fernando Varela and Héldon Ramos, thus qualifying for the quarter-finals, and thus reaching the last eight in their maiden appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations.
On 2 February 2013, Cape Verde faced Ghana in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Cape Verde played a good match, with 16 shots on Ghana's goal to their 8, with 7 shots on target to their 2, Cape Verde proved to be especially dangerous from set-pieces, however Ghana's keeper Abdul Dauda managed to keep a clean sheet making some spectacular saves, and with Wakaso Mubarak scoring a penalty kick for Ghana in the 54' minute, and then scoring again in the closing minute of the game (90+5') on an open goal, Ghana would win the match 2–0, to move on to the semi-finals, and ending Cape Verde's exceptional 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
Other tournaments and notable matches
Cape Verde has two titles: It hosted and won the Amilcar Cabral Cup in 2000, and won the gold medal in the football tournament at the 2009 Lusophony Games. The team also won a bronze medal at the 2006 Lusophony Games.
For the first time in its history, on 2 November 2002, it faced a non-African team, Luxembourg, in a friendly, resulting in a scoreless draw. On 4 September 2009, it faced Malta in a friendly, resulting in an 2–0 victory. On 24 May 2010, Cape Verde played out a 0–0 draw in a friendly match against a full-strength Portugal. At the time, Portugal was third in the FIFA rankings and Cape Verde were 117th.
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record|
| 1930 to
|Before independence in 1975|
| 1978 to
|Not a member of FIFA|
| 1986 to
|Did not enter|
| 2002 to
|Did not qualify|
|2018||To be determined|
|Total||Did not qualify||0/19||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Africa Cup of Nations record
|1957||Did not enter||1976||Did not enter||1994||Did not qualify||2012||Did not qualify|
|1959||Did not enter||1978||Did not enter||1996||Withdrew||2013||Quarter-finals|
|1962||Did not enter||1980||Did not enter||1998||Did not enter|
|1963||Did not enter||1982||Did not enter||2000||Did not qualify|
|1965||Did not enter||1984||Did not enter||2002||Did not qualify|
|1968||Did not enter||1986||Did not enter||2004||Did not qualify|
|1970||Did not enter||1988||Did not enter||2006||Did not qualify|
|1972||Did not enter||1990||Did not enter||2008||Did not qualify|
|1974||Did not enter||1992||Did not enter||2010||Did not qualify|
Last 10 and known next games
Caps and goals updated as 15 June 2013 after the match against Sierra Leone.
Managers since 2003
- Carlos Alhinho (2003–2006)
- Ze Rui (2006)
- Ricardo da Rocha (2007)
- João de Deus (2008–2010)
- Lúcio Antunes (2010–present)
- Amilcar Cabral Cup:
- Champions: 2000
- Runners-up: 2007
- Third place: 1995
- Lusophony Games
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- "Cape Verde Islands: Profile". FIFA. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
- "Ghana vs. Cape Verde Islands 2-0". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
- "Report: Portugal v Cape Verde Islands - International Friendly - ESPN Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
-  (Portuguese)
- "Cape Verde island coach Alhinho resigns". ESPN Soccernet. Reuters. 5 January 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- "Ze Rui appointed Cape Verde coach". BBC. 3 May 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- "Cape Verde confirm identity of new coach". BBC. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- "De Deus New Cape Verde Coach". MTN Football. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2008.
- "Soccer federation unaware of national selection coach’s alleged exit". Asemana. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- "Lúcio Antunes tapped as new national soccer team coach". Asemana. 25 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- Cape Verde FA official site (currently out of order)
- Cape Verde at FIFA's home page
- RSSSF archive of results 1979–
- Cape Verde Football
- National Football Teams – Cape Verde